Reverend David Thayer

“Mr. Thayer”

David H. Thayer was the parson at the Mt. Carmel Congregational Church, which was directly next-door to Cecil’s and Caroline’s house, and which was the church that they attended. He studied theology at Union Theological Seminary and Yale Seminary. He was ordained pastor of Mount Carmel Congregational Church, in June, 1853, and married Matilda Wright, daughter of Alvarian Chesborough, Esq., of New London, Conn., 22 February, 1853.


In these letters:

  1. Date Author Description
  2. 1863-02-09
    • Caroline Burleigh
    • Caroline writes about her mother going to a party and receiving money from Cecil along with a letter that made her “quite blue”.
  3. 1863-02-04
    • Caroline Burleigh
    • Caroline writes about the cold weather, going visiting, the soldiers sending pay home, some other news, and complains about Adams & Co. Express not sending boxes to the 20th Conn.
  4. 1863-02-01
    • Cecil Burleigh
    • Cecil writes about a visit from Mr. Bristol, the untimely death of a captain, their child, and why he chose to fight in the Civil War.
  5. 1863-01-24
    • Caroline Burleigh
    • Caroline writes a lot about Louise, reflects on her past life prior to marriage, tells Cecil how to care for his sore throat, asks about some business matters, and wishes for Cecil to come home soon.
  6. 1863-01-18
    • Caroline Burleigh
    • Caroline writes to Cecil about her money situation, how she enjoys sending him things, complains how the government doesn’t care for their soldiers, and speaks about the local news.
  7. 1863-01-11
    • Cecil Burleigh
    • Cecil writes a letter to Caroline about a box of food they received from home, the state of his pay, and a brief story of Austin getting lost in the woods.
  8. 1862-11-16
    • Cecil Burleigh
    • A letter from Cecil to Caroline about the ongoing construction of winter quarters, business back at home, the cold weather, when they will be paid, and the fellow members of his mess.
  9. 1862-10-08
    • Cecil Burleigh
    • Cecil writes to Caroline about business at home, directions for shipping a box, complains about the army grub, and speaks about how lovely a place Frederick was and how the Rebs treated the townsfolk very well.
  10. 1862-10-03
    • Caroline Burleigh
    • Caroline writes about how her letters may not be getting through, some splendid peaches that she got from a relative, and a visit from Mr. Thayer.